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Organic Vs. Non-organic

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Have you ever wondered if you should buy Organic food while passing the Organic Ile in your favorite Supermarket? I am sure you have! But here is the question: Do we have to buy all of our foods Organic or only specific foods need to be purchased organic?

Here in this post I will give you some tips for your Organic shopping list that actually works and you don’t have to spend so much money!

The answer is: we don’t have to buy everything organic! Some of our Vegetables and fruits are safe to consume non-organic. Only those that might expose to pesticides, hormones, Fertilizer or are genetically modified need to be bought Organic.

These are the list of the food that is safe to buy non-organic:

Avocado, Banana, Pineapple, Kiwi, Mango, Papaya, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, and Onions

Most of these Vegetables and fruits either have thick skins which protect them from pesticides or have less chance to face pests.

Now the fruits and vegetables  that you have to buy Organic:

Fruits: Peach, Apple, Nectarine, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Grapes, Pear, Plum, Orange, Tangerine, Cantaloupe, Lemon, Honeydew, Grapefruit, and Watermelon.

Vegetables: Sweet bell peppers, Celery, Lettuce, Spinach, Potato, Carrots, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Cauliflower, mushrooms, and Tomato.

1 more tip to remember according to Canadian Food Inspection Agency:

If the label of your packaged food says “100% Organic” then it contain 100% organic material.

If it says just “Organic”, it contains at least 95% organic food.

And if says “made with Organic”, then it contains at least with 70% Organic ingredients.

I hope you enjoy your next grocery shopping 🙂

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What is Gluten and why one should chose gluten free diet?

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Shekoufeh Demoing for Glutenull

In the past 2 weeks I had an opportunity to do some demos for Glutenull Bakery Company. They are the only Certified gluten-free bakery in west Canada. While I was doing the demo and sampling out the gluten-free breads and sweets, many people were wondering what Gluten is and why we should avoid it in our diet. So I decide to write a post about it since it might be a question for many of us.

Gluten is composite form of several proteins which can be found mainly in wheat, Rye, Barley, Spelt, and Oats. In Latin it means “glu” and literally it is like glue, which in baking is useful for making dough and cause the bread to rise and become chewy.

Many people have sensitivity to Gluten or they are gluten intolerance that can alter their health. According to Canadian Digestive Health Foundation 20 million people suffer from Digestive problems every year, and from those 330 000 people suffer from Celiac disease. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder that absorptive lining of small intestine get damaged that is no longer able to absorb nutrients such as Protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and basically anything that is required for good health.

You don’t have to have celiac disease to avoid Gluten, in many situations people with only some sensitivity which increases over the time can show up wide range of symptoms that I listed below:

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption e.g. low iron levels
  • gastrointestinal problems (bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
  • Fat in the stools (due to poor digestion)

    Image courtesy of little Natural Cottage

  • Aching joints
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Head aches
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability and behavioral changes
  • Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
  • Cramps, tingling and numbness
  • Slow infant and child growth
  • Decline in dental health

So bottom line, if you think you have Gluten intolerance or some sensitivity; avoid Gluten! If you are not sure your digestive problem is related to Gluten you can simply avoid Gluten for 2-4 weeks, if you feel better, then here you go….stay off of Gluten. Also there is a test that you can ask from your health practitioner that will determine if you have Celiac Disease.